National Student Safety Survey (NSSS)

Content warning: this post mentions sexual assault and harassment, with no explicit detail. Resources for support are available at the bottom of the page. 

What is the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS)?

The NSSS was run across almost all Australian universities to measure student perceptions and experiences of their safety at university, and to estimate the prevalence of incidences of sexual harassment and assault. The aim of the survey is to inform universities about when and where such incidents might be occurring, how students might be seeking help and information, and to improve university responses and preventative measures for student safety and wellbeing.

How is GSA responding to the survey?

GSA is deeply disturbed by the results of the survey. We will soon begin engaging with our stakeholders to develop a coordinated policy response to address the issues raised by the survey. You can read more about the survey HERE.

If you would like to contribute ideas for how GSA can tackle this important work please reach out to policy_advocacy@gsa.unimelb.edu.au

Where can I go for support?

We understand that the subject of sexual assault and harassment can be extremely distressing. We want you to know that the Women’s Office Bearers of UMSU and GSA are wholeheartedly committed to supporting students and survivors because we care. Two of the Guiding Principles that inform how we respond to sexual harassment and assault on campus are ensuring that all policies and support services are victim-centred and trauma-informed. This means that we will always put student needs and autonomy first, and do our utmost to ensure that we minimise re-traumatising survivors wherever possible.

If you would like to make a report or disclosure, or simply learn more to make an informed decision, you can contact us at womens@union.unimelb.edu.au and women@gsa.unimelb.edu.au. All interactions with the Women’s Officers are private and confidential.

You can also make use of the following support services:

External support services

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732, www.1800respect.org.au
Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292, www.sacl.com.au
Lifeline: 13 11 44, www.lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636, www.beyondblue.org.au
MensLine: 1300 78 99 78, www.mensline.org.au
QLife (referral service for LGBTQ people): 1800 184 527, www.qlife.org.au
Djirra (family violence support for Aboriginal people): 1800 105 303, www.djirra.org.au
CASA House – Centre Against Sexual Assault: (03) 9635 3610, casa@thewomens.org.au
Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic (for STI testing and walk-in medical advice): (03) 9341 6200, https://www.mshc.org.au
Victoria Legal Aid: 1300 792 387, https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

University of Melbourne services

Safer Community Program: (03) 9035 8675 safercommunity.unimelb.edu.au
Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS): (03) 8344 6927 services.unimelb.edu.au/counsel/home
Campus Security: (03) 8344 6666
Chaplaincy (faith and spiritual care): students.unimelb.edu.au/student-support/health-and-wellbeing/faith-and-spirituality<
University Health Service: services.unimelb.edu.au/health

UMSU & GSA

UMSU Sexual Harm and Response Coordinator: patrick.tidmarsh@union.unimelb.edu.au
UMSU Legal Service: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/support/legal/
UMSU Advocacy: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/support/advocacy/
UMSU Women’s Officers: womens@union.unimelb.edu.au
GSA Women’s Officer: women@gsa.unimelb.edu.au

For more information about resources for students and survivors:
https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/support/survivors/